NORM.INV function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation
What is NORM.INV function in Excel?
Syntax of NORM.INV function
NORM.INV(probability,mean,standard_dev)
The NORM.INV function syntax has the following arguments:
- Probability: A probability corresponding to the normal distribution.
- Mean: The arithmetic mean of the distribution.
- Standard_dev: The standard deviation of the distribution.
NORM.INV formula explanation
- If any argument is nonnumeric, NORM.INV returns the #VALUE! error value.
- If probability <= 0 or if probability >= 1, NORM.INV returns the #NUM! error value.
- If standard_dev ≤ 0, NORM.INV returns the #NUM! error value.
- If mean = 0 and standard_dev = 1, NORM.INV uses the standard normal distribution (see NORMS.INV).
Given a value for probability, NORM.INV seeks that value x such that NORM.DIST(x, mean, standard_dev, TRUE) = probability. Thus, precision of NORM.INV depends on precision of NORM.DIST.
Example of NORM.INV function
Steps to follow:
1. Open a new Excel worksheet.
2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1
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Data | Description | |
0.908789 | Probability corresponding to the normal distribution | |
40 | Arithmetic mean of the distribution | |
1.5 | Standard deviation of the distribution | |
Formula | Description | Result |
=NORM.INV(A2,A3,A4) | Inverse of the normal cumulative distribution for the terms above (42) | 42.000002 |